South County / Panoche

Residents play in the water from Tres Pinos Creek that partly flooded Southside Road in spring 2019. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Spring blooms in San Benito County

Residents reflect on the changing landscape.

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Photo courtesy of Caltrans.

Caltrans District 5 scholarship applications still open

Two, $1,000 scholarships available to regional high school seniors.

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Cal Fire was one of the state agencies that spoke at the wildfire town hall meeting on April 4. Photo courtesy of Jim Gillio.

State, local agencies discuss wildfire preparedness and prevention

Residents attend town hall hosted by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

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The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. The court's website states the civil grand jury has two functions: Weighing allegations of misconduct against public officials and acting as the public’s “watchdog” by investigating and reporting upon various matters of county, city and special district governments. File photo.

Former grand jury members call for repeal

Ex-foreman and forewoman say a 2015 county ordinance obstructs investigations of county departments.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Congressman Panetta Announces $2 Million Grant to the San Benito Health Foundation

"These funds will help the San Benito Health Foundation to continue to provide their patients with quality health education and preventative services, and to promote healthy lifestyles," Panetta said.

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San Benito County Free Library Introduces cloudLibrary

New e-book and audiobook service offers library cardholders free access to over 90,000 titles.

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Robert Walton near Frog's Summit in 2019. This picture shows some typical gear - climbing harness, BD belay/rappel device called an Air Traffic Controller, various carabiners, various sewn slings, and a belay sling (yellow) called a webolette. Photo courtesy of Brad Young.

Pinnacles Gateway Partners welcomes veteran rock climber

Robert Walton shares highlights from 42 years in the park.

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Supervisors split on hemp moratorium

Motion to temporarily halt plans for industrial cultivation fails. Board will revisit the issue April 16.

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San Benito County Association of Realtors goes for affordable housing grant

Potential $50,000 in grant funding could go to first time homebuyers if approved.

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San Benito County Free Library launches movie streaming service

Library cardholders now have free access to more than 30,000 classic, independent, foreign language and educational films.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas and UFW announce Farmworker Housing Act

"We must ensure that California's farmworkers and their children have the chance at a better life, and a brighter future," Rivas said.

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Local fire groups to hold town hall on wildfire preparation

April 4 session covers prevention and response in hazard zones of San Benito County.

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Changes coming to state’s nutrition program

In San Benito County, WIC vouchers will be replaced with EBT cards in February 2020.

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Third grade students throughout San Benito County learned about local agriculture at the March 19 Farm Day event. Photo courtesy of Kelly Bianchi.

San Benito County participates in Farm Day

Third-graders and 200 volunteers attend 29th annual event at Bolado Park.

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Pinnacles National Park. Photo by John Chadwell.

No shuttle service at Pinnacles National Park on March 30

Large crowds and limited parking expected.

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San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. Photo by John Chadwell.

COLUMN: Notes From The Chair

San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina writes about a recent board meeting in this latest column.

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Supervisor Jim Gillio asked Caltrans representatives to explain to South County residents the plans for the State Route 25 Curve Restoration Project. Photo by John Chadwell.

Cost to fix botched portion of State Route 25 jumps to $11.3 million

Residents are unhappy about the increase and that designs were drawn up before they could weigh in.

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Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Photo courtesy of Startup Challenge Monterey Bay.

New businesses welcome to Startup Challenge

Hollister workshop explains how to apply for 10th annual competition.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks about the importance of the census at a Feb. 21 committee meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

2020 Census will be available online

For the first time, the national survey goes to the web; phone and paper surveys will continue.

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Participants of the Gravel Grinder prepare to go up a hill on Browns Valley Road in Paicines during the 2018 Discovery Classic. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Discovery Classic bike ride returns for second year

New 100-mile Road Ride will wind through San Juan Bautista and Aromas.

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